Apollo and Daphne: Masterpieces of Greek Mythology

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In Apollo & Daphne, fifteen celebrated Greek and Roman myths that inspired some of the world's most magnificent and haunting paintings are retold for children. The myths are illustrated with details of paintings by artists such as Bottichelli, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Poussin, and Burn-Jones.
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In Apollo & Daphne, fifteen celebrated Greek and Roman myths that inspired some of the world's most magnificent and haunting paintings are retold for children. The myths are illustrated with details of paintings by artists such as Bottichelli, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Poussin, and Burn-Jones.
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Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
The Getty Museum produces lovely, lavish books, and this is no exception. Barber's lucid recounting of the most famous of the myths is illustrated by several paintings from the Getty and many more Old Masters from museums around the world. The painting selections, from Botticelli and Tiepolo to lesser-known figures such as Rolandt Savery, are fascinating enough for the price of admission. The appended index of artists and paintings and the family tree of Greek gods is also useful. Bright kids will be intrigued not only by the stories told, but also by the amazing progeny of Jupiter.
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Gr 5 Up-This stunning book presents full-page reproductions of, or details of, 19 splendid paintings inspired by classical myths, with the relevant stories retold in a serious and captivating vein. Gods and humans are on nearly equal footing here: Arachne, for instance, is boldly defiant rather than the hapless victim of Athene (or of her own pride). Nor is the language dumbed down: Arachne, in her eventual shape of a spider, is referred to as "a thing of loathing." The death of Actaeon, a hunter who changed into a hunted stag, is described, not gruesomely, but in all its emotional horror. Although most of the tales are drawn from Ovid, the collection ends with the stories of the beginning of the Trojan War and the return of Odysseus. Some omissions will be lamented: Demeter and Persephone, and Cupid and Psyche. A Greek/Roman name list; useful family trees; and an informative appendix that identifies the title, artist, medium, and museum location of the artworks are included. Most are by Titian, Rembrandt, Raphael, or their ilk, though two paintings of Orpheus by Rolandt Savery may be less well known. The pairing of masterpieces and stories is not a new idea, but it has seldom been better realized than in this gorgeous book.-Patricia Lothrop-Green, St. George's School, Newport, RI
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Presents 15 classical myths, each illustrated with a full-page color illustration of a detail of a painting chosen from the world's great art museums. A family tree of the gods, together with an index of paintings and a list of Greek and Roman names, combine to create a collection that not only introduces children to the world of classical mythology but also assists them in understanding the works of the great masters. Oversize: 9x11.25". Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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